Chinese company completes massive Angolan railway

China Railway Construction, one of China’s largest construction companies, finished building a massive railway line in Angola on Wednesday and plans to put into operation this year.

The 1,344-km Benguela railway is the second-longest railroad built by Chinese overseas, shorter only than the 1,860-km Tanzania-Zambia Railway built in the 1970s.

It will be the longest and fastest track in the southwestern African country of Angola, said Liu Feng, head of China Railway Construction’s Angola railway project.

It connects Angola’s Atlantic port of Lobito to the eastern border town of Luau, and further to the rail network of southeastern Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 67-station railway has a design speed of 90 km per hour, involving a total investment of 1.83 billion U.S. dollars, according to the company.

Liu said the Benguela railway also marks the successful application of China’s railway standards in Africa.

The original Benguela railway was built in accordance with Portuguese standards and trains could only shuttle at 30 km per hour.

Full article: Chinese company completes massive Angolan railway (ECNS)

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